Niagara County

1897 Biography - William Arthur Jameson

Jameson, William Arthur, was born near the city of St. Stephen, N. B., at the head of tidewater and navigation on the St. Croix River. He is the son of Charles Jameson, whose ancestors were Scotch. The latter was both a shipbuilder and farmer, and still resides in that city at the age of eighty-nine years. Mr. Jameson inherited a taste for mechanics and gained considerable knowledge of the practice of the same during his youth. In the fall of 1870 he left home, reaching Hartford, Conn., September 30 of that year, and at once obtained a situation with the Weed Sewing Machine Company. He was at first engaged at general repairs about the manufactory, and afterwards spent several years at carpentry and building. In 1877 he removed to Wallingford, Conn., taking a position with the Oneida Company, which was just arranging to manufacture spoons, forks, etc., remaining there until 1881, when the company decided to move its works to Niagara Falls. May 1, 1881, he removed to the latter place, superintended the construction of the factory buildings and installed the machinery plant for the manufacture of plated ware. He afterwards superintended the manufacture of these wares until April 1, 1893, when an engagement covering sixteen years was voluntarily severed to enable Mr. Jameson to start a new enterprise, the Niagara Silver Company. As manager of this company he arranged for securing the present premises and the erection of buildings, purchased and installed the machinery and turned out the first finished spoon July 15, 1893. Mr. Jameson is a stockholder in the Carter-Crume Company, of which the Niagara Silver Company is a branch; also in the Oneida Company, several building and loan associations and land companies. He is also interested in real estate, including several land syndicates. April 9, 1873, he married a New England lady, whose maiden name was Clara A. Jameson. They have an adopted daughter, Daisy Gertrude. Mr. Jameson is a man of enterprise, public-spirited and highly respected in the business and social world. His success as a business man is due entirely to his own untiring energy, and he might be regarded as the highest type of a self-made American citizen.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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